2018 Schedule

APRIL 25 | DIGIFEST KICK OFF

6:30 – 8:30PM

MEET THE MEDIA GURU

Giorgia Lupi
Accurat Studio

Join Digifest and Meet the Media Guru for Digifest 2018’s kickoff  event. This year’s conference begins with an appearance by award-winning information designer, Giorgia Lupi. This evening, Lupi will discuss her work exploring Data Humanism.

She is the co-founder and Creative Director of Accurat, a data-driven design firm based in Milan and New York. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational hand drawn data visualization book you can find in bookstores across the USA and UK. In 2017 she was commissioned to create an original site-specific art piece by the Museum of Modern Art, where her work is part of the permanent collection.

Lupi lives in New York City, has a Masters in Architecture at FAF in Ferrara, Italy, earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Milano, and recently gave a Ted Talk on her Humanistic approach to Data.

Data Humanism

Humans have created a powerful relationship with data, but what information is left unseen when we strip information down to numbers? How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving? How can data visualization design make data more meaningful?

Giorgia Lupi will discuss her humanistic approach to data and jumpstart a new renaissance of opportunity. By questioning the impersonality of a merely technical approach to information, we can demand more from data and connect numbers to what they really tell us: our life stories.

Co-presented in conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute and Meet the Media Guru.

     

TIME

EVENT

TOPIC / SPEAKER

April 26 | DIGIFEST DAY 1 SCHEDULE

 

8:30 – 9:15AM

REGISTRATION

 
9:15 – 9:30AM OPENING   Welcome remarks

 

 

Luigi Ferrara
George Brown College

Andrew Davies
Corus Entertainment

   

9:30 – 9:40AM

Cities

Smart Cities Introduction

Cities – new and old, large and small – are looking for ways to differentiate themselves in these rapidly changing times. Environmental and social externalities, technology, and innovation will serve as the catalyst for economic growth, enhanced security, improved sustainability, and next-generation experiences, thereby changing the way we work, live, learn, and play.

Rick Huijbregts
George Brown College

   

9:40 – 10:00AM

Cities

Towards a smart society

How do we go beyond the ‘smart city’ and build a smart society? The first step isn’t to collect even more data or develop newer technology. Building a smarter society begins with identifying and understanding the demands and needs that are relevant for that society.

Linda Vlassenrood
Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands)

Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Netherlands.

   

10:00 – 11:20AM

Cities

 

Smart Cities Panel

How can cities use innovation and technology to create a more effective and liveable city for all? In this panel, we will hear from the key players in urban development in Canada and around the world, from blockchain, citizen participation, data mapping, to the national Smart Cities Challenge.

 

 

Luke Bradley
Blockchain Research Institute

Frank Scarpitti
Mayor of Markham

Rick Huijbregts, Moderator 
George Brown College

Geoff Cape
Evergreen

Paula Kwan
City of Toronto

Linda Vlassenrood
Het Nieuwe Instituut (Netherlands)

11:20 – 11:30AM

BREAK

   

11:30AM – 12:00PM

Cities

The Future of Transportation

The concept of ultra-high-speed rail was dreamed into existences just over one hundred years ago. Today, we have reached a level of innovation where this dream can be made a reality. Our current transportation systems are filled with inefficiencies and continues to use non-renewable energies – TransPod seeks to change that. Learn how Janzen sees our cities of the future.

Ryan Janzen
TransPod

12:00 – 1:00PM

LUNCH

   

1:00 – 1:30PM

Food Trends

Transformational Innovations Shaping Future Food Trends

Using twenty-first century tools, science can help farmers to produce more food on less land and we can make sure that food is where it’s needed most. This presentation highlights some of the game changing science that will shape the way cities will cope with food waste and food demand in the future.

Dana McCauley
University of Guelph

   

1:30 – 2:00PM

Education

Transforming Education

Advancements in technology are enabling a proliferation of innovation, which has a strong impact on the way we live. New careers are being created, while others are being automated. To successfully impact tomorrow’s world, we need to think differently about how we education the next generation of leaders, inventors, and problem solvers.

Navid Nathoo
The Knowledge Society

   

2:00 – 2:40PM

Design

Brasilia: From cursed city to creative hub

Created in 1960 as a modernist architectural landmark, Brasilia became the country’s symbol of bad politicians and corruption. After two generations, its population has already taken root and now seeks a new identity.

Claudia El-moor
Eye Design (Brazil)

2:40 – 3:00PM

BREAK

   

3:00 – 4:00PM

Culture

Curating Virtual Reality: Immersive Tech in the Exhibition Space

Tina will discuss her role as a curator and mediator between the audience and the artists dealing with alternate reality media and share her experience of organizing and curating VR exhibitions.

Tina Sauerländer
Radiance (Germany)

Critical Approaches to Virtual Reality

See what we can learn from pioneering VR pieces by Canadian artists about embodiment and the politics of territory. This talk explores pioneering VR pieces by Canadian artists and engages with questions about embodiment, the politics of territory, location, and subjectivity in virtual reality.

Erandy Vergara
Eastern Bloc (Mexico / Canada)

     

Presented by the Goethe-Institut at Digifest. Tina Sauerländer and Erandy Vergara are guests of Goethe-Institut.

   

4:00 – 5:00PM

Culture  

Media Arts and the Creative City Panel

The City of Toronto recently received the UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts designation. Learn how media arts is helping cities like Toronto be more creative and engaging more participation with the public in arts and culture.

 

 

Norman White
Artist

Patrick Tobin , Moderator
City of Toronto

Guillaumit (France)
Graphic Designer

Alex Mayhew
Impossible Things

Nyla Innuksuk
Artist

 
      Presented in collaboration with the McLuhan Salons, an initiative of the St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Cultural Office of the French Embassy in Canada.
   

5:00 – 6:00PM

Award

Digital Media Pioneer Award

Join us in honouring Norman White as he receives the 2018 Digifest Digital Media Pioneer Award. The Digital Pioneer Award recognizes outstanding Canadians who have made significant contributions to the field of digital media. They are a true trailblazer within technology and culture. By embracing the unknown and standing at the forefront of innovation, their work explores previously unimagined uses for emerging technologies.

Norman White
Artist

   

9:00 AM – 6:00PM

ALL DAY

Interactive Zone

Digifest invited creators from diverse disciplines to submit their project for exhibition in the Interactive Zone. The theme for Digifest 2018 is Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities, where we explore how emerging technology is improving the quality of our lives, our communities and our cities. Here, you can explore and engage with projects that address challenges through design, new media, gaming, mobile app, art, wellness, food, lifestyle and much more.

Student Showcase

Digifest promotes upcoming design talent throughout the three-day festival. This exhibition showcases a cross-section of the many disciplines of student projects at the graduate and undergraduate levels including Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media, Animation, Gaming and more.

April 27 | DIGIFEST DAY 2 SCHEDULE

 

9:00 – 9:15AM

OPENING

Welcome back

9:15 – 10:00AM

Knowledge

 

Interactive Experience Economy Panel

Consumers are increasingly choosing experiences and de-centralizing creativity. How will this drive learning and skills building in creative economies of the future?

 

 

Jonathan Moneta
MakeLab

Matt Humphreys , Moderator
Diff

Adriana Ieraci
Get Your Bot On!

Sujeevan Ratnasingham
Life Scanner

Nina Czegledy
Artist

   

10:00 – 11:00AM

KEYNOTE

The Art of Letting Go

With Rijksstudio, Rijksmuseum made its collection digitally available on its website. Over 350,000 images can be downloaded for free, without limitations. The Rijksmuseum took this initiative in the firm belief that it collection belongs to the public. Apart from reaching new audiences and enhancing its brand awareness globally, the free use of collection images give old masterpieces a new relevance in today’s world. What were the choices that we have made and what was the impact on the museum?

Linda Volkers
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)

Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Netherlands.

   

11:00 – 12:-00AM

Design  

Fashion Tech Panel

Fashion has traditionally served as a tool for self-expression, but leaders in tech and fashion are pushing fashion design further in order to serve our everyday needs.

 

 

Stuart Campbell
Passen

Marilyn McNeil Morin , Moderator
George Brown College

Ye Tao
National Research Council

Lindsay Barber
MW Canada

Joyce Chow
Myant Inc.

12:00 – 1:00PM

LUNCH

   

1:00 – 1:45PM

Design

Design Needs a New Future

Industries around the world, from banking to fashion to auto, are going through structural changes in an attempt to align with artificial intelligence (AI)-powered industrial futures. For many, technological advancement simply means progress and increased productivity. However, this revolution will actually turn the creative and design discipline on its head entirely.

Idris Mootee
Idea Couture

   

1:45 – 2:45PM

Knowledge   Media & Storytelling Panel

Hear from experts who have worked in the field of media to learn about how technology will continue to impact the way we exchange information.

 

Andrew Lundy
The Canadian Press

Asmaa Malik
Ryerson University

Angela Misri, Moderator
The Walrus Magazine

Mackay Taggart
Global News

Jason Maghanoy
NOW Magazine

2:45 – 3:00PM

BREAK

   

3:00 – 3:45PM

Culture

Collectif MU

The MU Collective is an artistic production office specializing in the fields of sound art, music and new media. Learn more about how media arts engages the public throughout Paris.

Olivier Le Gal (France)

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Cultural Office of the French Embassy in Canada.

3:45 – 4:00PM

BREAK

   

4:00 – 5:00PM

Walking Tour

Old Toronto Haunted Tour featuring OnFoot App

Tristan Tiggeloven, co-producer at Pop Sandbox, will guide participants on a haunted walking tour to visit five spooky locations. Using the OnFoot App, the experience will feature audio/visual interactive components including augmented reality.

Tristan Tiggeloven, Guide
Pop Sandbox

   

4:00 – 6:00PM

Competition

IT’S A START Pitch Competition

IT’S A START is one of Toronto’s leading pitch competitions presented by The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College. Meet the ten startups who be pitching their ideas for a chance to take home this year’s Grand Prize!

   

9:00 AM – 6:00PM

ALL DAY

Interactive Zone

Digifest invited creators from diverse disciplines to submit their project for exhibition in the Interactive Zone. The theme for Digifest 2018 is Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities, where we explore how emerging technology is improving the quality of our lives, our communities and our cities. Here, you can explore and engage with projects that address challenges through design, new media, gaming, mobile app, art, wellness, food, lifestyle and much more.

Student Showcase

Digifest promotes upcoming design talent throughout the three-day festival. This exhibition showcases a cross-section of the many disciplines of student projects at the graduate and undergraduate levels including Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media, Animation, Gaming and more.

April 28 | DIGIFEST DAY 3 SCHEDULE

10:00 – 4:00PM

ALL DAY

Food Tech Pop-Up

Digifest celebrates the people who are advancing and envisioning the future of food. This year’s crop of entrepreneurs have merged sustainability, whole food ingredients, advocacy, and your health. Test samples from these intrepid innovators, and see what your future might taste like.

     

10:00 – 11:-00AM

Culture   Rijksmuseum + International Game Jam

Last October, students from the Game program at the School of Design participated in the Where Video Games Meet Heritage” International Game Jam in Milan, Italy. Over a weekend, participants created video games incorporating art from collections in the Rijksmuseum.

 

  Zoë Elise Blackburn
Concept Artist

Ian Nortan
Ubisoft

Brittany Melo
Voila Learning

Mike Suriya, Moderator
Ubisoft

Rashad Mohammed
Rockstar Games

Linda Volkers
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)

Mackenzie Wilson
Game Design Student, GBC

     

10:00 – 2:00PM

Workshop Explorations in Artificial Intelligence 

Participants will build their own simple devices using basic electronic parts and craft materials using designs based on the Braitenberg Vehicles.

Adriana Ieraci
Get Your Bot On! Robotic Communities

     

12:00 – 1:00PM

Demo Let’s Talk Science

LifeScanner employs DNA Barcoding technology to identify insects, food, fur, or any tissue from animal. Find out what you’re eating, what’s in your garden, or in your home at this hands-on demo!​

Sujeevan Ratnasingham
Life Scanner

     

12:00 – 1:00PM

Walking Tour Old Toronto Haunted Tour featuring OnFoot App

Tristan Tiggeloven, co-producer at Pop Sandbox, will guide participants on a haunted walking tour to visit five spooky locations. Using the OnFoot App, the experience will feature audio/visual interactive components including augmented reality.

Tristan Tiggeloven, Guide
Pop Sandbox

     

12:00 – 2:00PM

Design Imagining Technological Futures
The Institute without Boundaries and Philosophy of Education Conference partner to host a panel and workshop that encourage participants to imagine how societal and technological trends impact the way we live, work, play, learn, and interact. This will consist of lightning talks, a facilitate a debate and brainstorm session.

Lightning Talks | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
The panel will include a total of eight, five-minute speed talks that provide insight into our collective futures. This will balance utopian and dystopian narratives that encourage critical thinking and discourse amongst participants.

The Dream of Technology: Cultural Narratives & Myths
Thomas Ponniah, PhD.
Faculty of Philosophy, George Brown College

Automation and the Future of Work
Justin Ratcliffe and Mohammad Elrabbani
George Brown College Students

Transfiguration & Abstraction
Luigi Ferrara
Dean, School of Arts, Design & Information Technology. George Brown College

Unconventional Technological Applications
Ana Rita Morais
Acting Chair, School of Design at George Brown College

Combined Realities: The Possibilities & Problematics of Human Simulation
David Parker
Founder of Wishplay

Slow Digital – A Critical Discourse of Technology & Society
Heather Lash
Faculty, George Brown College

Design and the Fragmentation of Global Production
Elise Hodson
Faculty of Interaction Design, George Brown College

A Framework for Thinking About AI
Helen Kontozopoulos
Co-Founder and Director of Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab, University of Toronto

Debate | 1:00pm – 1:20pm
A question and answered period will be facilitated to engage the audience in a debate about the potential futures that may arise as a result of these provocations. This will inform and engage participants to imagine how societal and technological trends will transform the way we live.

Workshop | 1:20pm – 2:00pm
Participants will break into small teams and participate in a co-design exercise to imagine the future of creative work.

     

10:00 – 4:00PM

ALL DAY

Interactive Zone

Digifest invited creators from diverse disciplines to submit their project for exhibition in the Interactive Zone. The theme for Digifest 2018 is Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities, where we explore how emerging technology is improving the quality of our lives, our communities and our cities. Here, you can explore and engage with projects that address challenges through design, new media, gaming, mobile app, art, wellness, food, lifestyle and much more.

Student Showcase

Digifest promotes upcoming design talent throughout the three-day festival. This exhibition showcases a cross-section of the many disciplines of student projects at the graduate and undergraduate levels including Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media, Animation, Gaming and more.

 

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